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Announcements, Updates & News

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April 17, 2023

Community Partners,


We would like to inform you of some organizational changes at the Foundation for your updated records and ongoing communication.  Effective April 1, 2023, Wendy Wachtell has transitioned from President to Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Alyssa Santino has assumed full responsibility for the grantmaking program as Executive Director of Programs & Operations, Ann Miller will continue to oversee all investment and financial responsibilities as Executive Director of Investments & Chief Financial Officer, and we will be adding a new Grants Program & Office Assistant to the team on May 1st.


Wendy Wachtell, Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer


Wendy Wachtell has been at the forefront of The Joseph Drown Foundation’s grantmaking efforts and has driven the mission and vision for over 35 years.  During her tenure, the Foundation has given more than $140,000,000 in grants to approximately 1,000 organizations, positively affecting the lives of countless individuals, students and families throughout our Los Angeles County community!  She has been an invaluable community partner as an advocate for equitable access to opportunity, thought partner for effective strategies promoting thriving communities and inspirational leader in the philanthropic sector. 

We are incredibly grateful for her leadership and service and will continue to rely on her expertise and counsel as we move into the next iteration of the Foundation.  As Wendy moves into an advisory and oversight role, we encourage you to reach out to Alyssa for all grant program and office management related questions and Ann for all investment and fiscal management questions.  Please see their contact information below and click the picture for more information about each of them. 


Thank you and we look forward to continuing to support the needs of our Los Angeles community.

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